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Louisa senior balancing golf and cheerleading

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 9:25 am

Madison Noland putts for a birdie during a home match earlier this season.

Madison Noland is in a unique position on the Louisa County High School golf team. She’s the only girl representing the Lions on the course.

The LCHS senior joined the golf team for the first time this year, but she isn’t new to the sport.

Her older brother, Brady Noland, would often take her with him on weekends to play golf. Brady played for the LCHS golf team through his graduation in 2012. In his senior year, he qualified for the regional tournament and was named to the All-District team.

Until this year, golf was more of a hobby for Noland, something she would do on the weekends for fun. This year, she decided to try something different.

“A bunch of my guy friends were like ‘come on, do it, it’s fun,’” she said. “They kind of pushed me into it.”

Noland is no stranger to the world of LCHS athletics. She’s been a member of the soccer and competition cheerleading teams every year of her high school career. This year, she is balancing golf and cheerleading, with golf being her priority.

“It’s kind of tough,” Noland said. “Some days I’ll have matches on the same day as cheer practice, but both coaches have been helpful.”

Being the only girl on a team full of boys could be stressful or lead to some awkward moments. Fortunately for Noland, that hasn’t been the case.

To read the entire story, see the Sept. 28 edition of The Central Virginian.